The Architects Series, the exhibition format created in collaboration with The Plan and sponsored by the Iris Ceramica Group, is underway again after the summer break and following the long pause imposed by the pandemic lockdown, presenting itself to the public with a brand new formula: online webinars that make it possible to overcome physical and geographical boundaries, adapting to the changes taking place in our society. The first appointment of the new format, the thirteenth in the series, is set to take place on September 17 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and focuses on the German architect and engineer Werner Sobek. This will be followed by appointments on October 29 dedicated to Steven Holl Architects and on November 26 dedicated to Zaha Hadid Architects.
The Werner Sobek architecture studio, founded in 1992, has gained international fame for its expertise in engineering, design and sustainability, with important international collaborations with leading names in the architecture world including: Christoph Ingenhoven, Barkow Leibinger, Henn, Helmut Jahn, Populous, Sauerbruch Hutton, Ole Scheeren, UNStudio, Zaha Hadid Architects and many others. An international firm with over 350 employees and offices in Germany (Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg), as well as in leading cities such as Moscow, Istanbul, New York, Buenos Aires and Dubai. All sharing a number of key concepts in the design process such as energy efficiency, promotion of eco-sustainable technologies and responsibility towards nature and men, aware that, as architect Werner Sobek affirms in the presentation trailer, as much as 20% of global pollution is related to the construction industry. Principles which architect Werner Sobek has translated into a genuine standard for sustainable architecture, registered as a protected trademark under the Triple Zero® name. The three zeros indicate that the building must be self-sufficient from an energy point of view and therefore it must produce the energy necessary for its needs, but without using fossil fuels (Zero Energy), it must not produce CO₂ emissions (Zero Emissions) and it must be constructed using elements that at the end of their life cycle can be recycled (Zero Waste). The R128 house in Stuttgart has become a personification of this standard, a building constructed on four floors in which the architect Werner Sobek lives with his family.
Subject to registration (professional training credits can be earned), it will be possible to participate in the September 17 webinar and watch the 30-minute video documentary. The film will take spectators inside the architectural studio to get a behind the scenes look at the modus operandi of the firm’s architects and its ongoing projects.
For Werner Sobek “one of the key aspects is the idea that the architect should not use traditional materials and replicate past models, but should conceive original solutions that are able to anticipate people’s living and working needs. Today’s and tomorrow’s architectures must demonstrate themselves as being radically different from the one that preceded us”. Following the video documentary, participants will be able to attend the next live lecture presented by architect Werner Sobek entitled “Build More with Less&rdquo, for the opportunity to learn more about the design philosophy that distinguishes the studio’s projects.
September 17, 2020
17.00 / Welcome - documentary: The Architects Series – A documentary on: Werner Sobek
17.30 Conference: “Build More with Less” with Werner Sobek